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VINHA DAS ROMÃS

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Syrah and Touriga Franca
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Facing southwest (SW)
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Sandy loam texture with a higher pH. Alkaline with higher cation exchange capacity. Its somewhat reddish colour denounces the presence of iron, displaying an unusual structure due to the pomegranate orchard that stood here before.
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Ravasqueira Premium Red
Vinha das Romãs

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A land where once stood a pomegranate orchard gave rise to the most emblematic and iconic vineyard of our project. In 1999, the orchard was removed, and then in 2002 the Syrah and Touriga Franca grape varieties were planted. On an undulating slope of medium decline, this vine grew and developed on the roots of the old pomegranate trees, resulting in unique conditions of maturation for these two varieties every year, thus confining the richness of its wine and profile unique and exclusive to this area.

HORTA VINEYARD

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Touriga Nacional in organic conversion mode
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Vineyard facing south (S)
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A slightly lighter texture with 70% sand, but higher levels of organic matter.
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Ravasqueira Family Reserve Red

 

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“With the purpose of further establishing the pledge to one of the most successful Portuguese grape varieties – the Touriga Nacional – this vineyard is planted in 2002.

Of small size and oriented to the south on a slight slope, this plot has in the diversity and variation of its soils its most interesting characteristics. It ranges from a poorer area in organic matter to a rich one, clearly distinguished by the existing flora in the soil, as well as its darker colour. The Touriga Nacional, that stands here, transitioning to an organic variety, is a great example of the diversity of personalities that we can find in such small blocks of vineyard, which we aim to zone and separate every year, depending on the profile of each wine.”

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MONTE VINEYARD

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Alvarinho & Viognier
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Vineyard facing south (S)
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Vineyard with a steep slope and elevation, with sandy loam soils, poor in organic matter and with a large percentage of limestone.
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Ravasqueira Premium White
Family Reserve White
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The Monte Vineyard was born in the year 2000 and was a true bet on the future. The steep slope and southern exposure allow for different levels of maturation for distinct wine profiles, resulting in more than 2 harvests on different dates. The minerality and freshness that we can find here contrast with the ripe fruit and the warm aromas given by the circumstances of the plot.

VALE FUNDO VINEYARD

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Touriga Nacional in organic conversion mode
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Vineyard facing southwest (SW)
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Sandy loam texture with a high percentage of sand, low in acid and with average levels of organic matter. The proximity to a stream and its smaller orthography contribute to a homogeneity in the soil of this plot.
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Ravasqueira Premium Rosé
Family Reserve Red
Monte da Ravasqueira Selection of the Year Rosé

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This block of Touriga Nacional in organic conversion mode was planted in the year 2000. The deep connection to the bordering stream and its proximity to the neighbouring landscape of trees make this block less exposed to the heat, resulting in a totally different profile. Throughout its soil, richer along the stream and poorer at the top, this vineyard favours a fresher Touriga, with less structure, by the stream, and at the top, a more mature profile, with a marked floral character.

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RIBEIRA VINEYARD (block 1)

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Touriga Nacional
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Vineyard facing north (N)
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Sandy loam texture with a higher percentage of clay, shale, and granite, with a neutral pH and heterogeneous throughout the plot.
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Ravasqueira Premium Rosé
Monte da Ravasqueira Selection of the Year Red

This vineyard was planted taking into account the typical varieties of the region: Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, and even Touriga Nacional, as well as the Touriga Franca, an uncommon variety in the Alentejo. This Touriga Nacional vineyard has the stream bordering it, as well as the protection that its medium slope offers to the west. The unstressed slope allows for less leached, thus richer, soils, whose heterogeneity is identified and zoned every harvest for each wine profile. The vineyard grows with moderate vigour, with freshness and acidity being the pillars to the character of the grapes it produces every year. In a hot region like this, northern exposure is, quite often, a gift.

RIBEIRA VINEYARD (block 2)

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Touriga Franca
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Vineyard facing west (W)
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Sandy loam texture with a higher percentage of clay, shale, and granite, with a neutral pH and heterogeneous throughout the plot.
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Ravasqueira Touriga Franca
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The Ribeira Vineyard’s Touriga Franca plot, opposite to the Touriga Nacional from the same block, is oriented more towards the south, with a steeper slope and without the protection of the vegetation found around the stream. Here, in this zone of the block, soils are less fertile and more compact. Concentration and elegance are the digital print of the caste in this area.

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RIBEIRA VINEYARD (block 3)

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Alicante Bouschet
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Vineyard facing southwest (SW)
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Sandy loam texture with a higher percentage of clay, shale, and granite, with a neutral pH and heterogeneous throughout the plot.
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Ravasqueira Premium Alicante Bouschet
Monte da Ravasqueira Selection of the Year Red

The Alicante Bouschet block of the Ribeira Vineyard displays poor soils and its exposure to the west/southwest boosts its personality of concentration and richness of fruit. The most Portuguese of the foreign grape varieties greatly benefits from this relationship between sun exposure, slope and soil.

ADEGA VINEYARD

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Alfrocheiro
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Vineyard facing southwest (SW)
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Shallower soil with a sandy loam texture and a higher percentage of clay in the top layer.
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Ravasqueira Sparkling Great Reserve

The Adega Vineyard, planted in 2000, comes with the very clear intent of producing grapes with different characteristics like no other planted variety could provide in a warm region, namely the acidity and a perfect alcohol balance. The Alfrocheiro variety entirely covers this large plot facing southwest, presenting rich but deep soils, with some compaction beyond 1m depth, which create a natural constraint of vigour to the plant. The natural acidity and the neutrality of its aromas coupled with the specificity of the plot make these grapes perfect for Ravasqueira’s sole, unique sparkling wine, produced in small quantities from a careful selection of clusters in each harvest.

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CABEÇO DO TACO VINEYARD

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Syrah
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Vineyard facing east (E)
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Coarse-textured soil with large granite outcrops, visible in the stones and minerals present on the surface, with the presence of some limestone in the deeper layers.
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Ravasqueira Syrah and Viognier
Monte da Ravasqueira Selection of the Year Red

The Taco Vineyard comes to fruition in 2002 and follows the more traditional Alentejo vineyard of the time: Trincadeira Aragonez and Cabernet Sauvignon. The latter would be replaced by the Syrah grape variety in 2010. In a hot climate such as the Alentejo’s, the Syrah variety has an almost ideal development, benefiting from the forest and large hill surrounding it at Ravasqueira, which confers it with very different development characteristics from the rest. Aligned along a north-south axis, with exposure mostly to the east, the morning light is balanced by the shadows cast at dusk. The soils of this vineyard are poor and demanding. Here, the Syrah usually has a more mature and intense aromatic profile, but also freshness, fruit of the conditions surrounding this plot.

CERCA 5 VINEYARD

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Touriga Nacional
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Vineyard facing southwest (SW)
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Poor in organic matter, with a lot of stone, a high percentage of sand and visible minerals from its granitic parent rock.
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Ravasqueira Premium Touriga Nacional
Ravasqueira Premium Rosé

In 2005, the most southern of the Monte da Ravasqueira vineyards is planted. Among the chosen grape varieties, Aragonez, Trincadeira, and Touriga Nacional, the unfamiliar Sangiovese and Nero d’Avola appear. The passion for Italian wines is at the genesis of the planting of these grape varieties. It is mostly planted in extremely poor soils that are well-drained, and with very rich granite outcrops. With a slope of almost 20 metres between the top and bottom of the block, there is a huge potential for different terroirs, that we try to make the most of every year. There are countless styles of grapes collected from the Touriga Nacional block every harvest, which together would make just one type of wine, but by zoning and separating, we can obtain grapes with a distinct and unique profile.

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COLOS VINEYARD

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Alvarinho & Viognier
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Vineyard oriented to southeast (SE)
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Coarse-textured soil with 70% sand, a neutral pH, and good levels of organic matter.
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Ravasqueira Premium White
Ravasqueira Alvarinho
Ravasqueira Viognier

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The choice of grape variety for this vineyard, planted in 2002, was not consensual. Eventually, the Aragonez and white Chardonnay varieties were the ones planted, with the latter being done so at a later stage and grafted with the Alvarinho and Viognier castes. The Colos Vineyard, where the Alvarinho and Viognier grapes once again form a successful partnership, is a vineyard with the opposite characteristics of the Monte Vineyard. We can say that they are a mirror of each other, but not its reflection. Facing southeast, it benefits from the cold air that rests by the stream, as well as the shade cast over it in the late afternoon. The minerality and freshness are the main attributes of this Ravasqueira micro-terroir, perhaps derived from these eminently granitic soils.

PENEDO GORDO VINEYARD

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Semillon, Arinto & Marsanne
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Vineyard facing north (N)
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Coarse sandy loam soil, with a large percentage of sand and pebble stones. Low pH.
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Ravasqueira Premium White

In 2002, the passion for French white wines spoke louder and the French grape varieties Semillon and Marsanne, along with the very Portuguese Arinto, were introduced to Ravasqueira. We can say that the Penedo Gordo Vineyard is the antithesis of what is expected to be found on an estate with over 3000 hectares: a tiny block, covering just over a hectare, with three different grape varieties, Arinto, Semillon, and Marsanne. The soil is rich and fertile, but it is its proximity to the stream and location in a low zone surrounded by hills, that guard the acidity and freshness found in these grapes. The name Penedo Gordo is inspired by the enormous granite rock that was removed during the preparation of the plantation, which could not but be the greatest proof of relationship between the terroir and its expression in our wines.

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SERRA BRAVA VINEYARD

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Alicante Bouschet
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Vineyard facing east (E)
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Higher in pH, with a sandy loam texture, and deeper than the other blocks.
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Ravasqueira Premium Alicante Bouschet
Ravasqueira Premium White

Planted in 2002, the Serra Brava had in its genesis the ambition to be a worthy representative of one of the largest Alentejo castes, the Alicante Bouschet. Although the plot presents quite a variety in its soils, due to the proximity of part of the vineyard to a branch of the stream, it is the poverty of these soils that most characterise it. The most vigorous rootstock is very representative of this same observation at the time of soil preparation. The reflection of the minerals released by the erosion of the granitic parent rock is very clear, as is the involvement of the vineyard facing east and the surrounding orography that allows for protection in the driest and hottest years. The freshness transmitted is evident and the longevity of the wines it produces, a certainty.